This must be the first time I’ve ever performed an operating system upgrade without any issues. Yesterday I upgraded OS X from Tiger to Leopard (not a rebuild but upgrade) on my Mac Book Pro, a original Intel Core Duo (not Core 2), 2gb, 100gb HDD. The total upgrade process took just over an hour. It went like this; insert DVD, select upgrade, wait, remove DVD, done.
I actually picked up my Leopard upgrade disk over a month ago when I was last in the States (at Oracle Open World) – Apple stores in the States are much cheaper than in the United Kingdom! It’s been sitting in it’s flashy Apple box for the best part of a month mainly because I haven’t had a chance to perform the monumental backup – just in case I experienced a complete disaster as I’ve seen with other operating systems. I actually backup my notebook regularly, but I needed to make a “fresh” snapshot and this was going to take some time. It was also the first time I’ve upgraded a Mac OS.
It wasn’t until I was at my Brother’s place (where he’s now got 2 Macs since he switched) that I had a chance to look at the process. In fact it was probably my generally non-technical Brother’s experience “yeah I did that ages ago, no problems” that reassured me I could perform the upgrade without losing a few days of my life and valuable information.
What next? Well I’ve still got a few applications to update – like MailTags, but apart from that everything works as expected.
Yet another reason why I won’t be going back to Windows!
[update: April 10th 2008]: The only challenge I really had since doing the upgrade from Tiger to Leopard was Mail.app. Prior to 10.5.2 it really didn’t handle Secure IMAP and Secure SMTP very well – which was a bit of a pain as I use this all the time while I’m on the road. However… 10.5.2 fixed it completely. It’s rock steady.